2015 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon
Published: Sept. 12, 2015, 8:58 p.m.
Describe your race day.
I was awake at 3:30, on the bus by 4:30 and at the start area by 5:30. Beautiful day for a race- clear, cool weather in the canyon. Revel puts on a great race! Everything is very well organized and efficient.
Did you PR?
No I did not PR. This was my third fastest time (5 minutes off my PR) and I am pretty happy with that, considering all that has been happening this year. I did qualify for Boston, beating my required time by over 15 minutes.
How would you describe the course?
The course is more brutal than one might think, given all the down hill. The loop through Brighton felt kind of brutal, coming off of the steep downhill, to go steep uphill at that high altitude. I walked a bit there, to save my energy. The part that I really did not like is the out and back on Wasatch. I live in Holladay, so I train in that area all the time and really hate that particular barren asphalt expanse. I cramped quite badly coming down Ft. Union and couldn't regain my pace, but all in all it was a great day.
Tell us about your training.
Training this year has been difficult. I ran Boston in April, quite unprepared because of a series of illnesses. Soon after, I tried to make up for lost time and pulled a hamstring quite badly and couldn't run at all for weeks. As this race approached, the best that I could do to train and not re-injure my hamstring was to run down from Brighton several times to my home in Holladay, an 18.5 mile distance. Speed work and tempos just didn't happen. Oh well. There's always next season.